Since only living an hour and a half train ride away from Manchester, it is by far one of my favorite cities to go. From it’s huge Arndale 200+ store Shopping center to it’s historic architecture, Manchester is home to many, many great things. Like my previous destination post What to do in Cardiff (Link to that: HERE ) I spent the weekend away in the beautiful city and would like to share with you my recommendations from unusual cafes to different events.
To begin, I stayed at the amazing, unique, glamorous Midland Hotel (located opposite Manchester Central Library) which is around a 25 minute walk from The Piccadilly Train Station but the views on your journey and wonderful hotel facilities make it all worth the while. We arrived at the hotel around 10am which was too early to check in but they let us store our luggage safely while we went and got breakfast. Before looking around the Manchester Art Gallery we went for breakfast in the Gallery Café, which I would recommend to anyone who enjoys a chilled atmosphere and a light breakfast. The Manchester Art Gallery is also an enjoyable experience if art interests you.
Right now in Manchester, they have a sculpture event, where there are 101 giant bee sculpture located in a variety of different areas around the city. Each bee has a different design and you can pick up a free trail map at a near by bee hub or print one out using this link: Trail map. The Rock ‘n’ Roll bee located in the Coin Exchange center has been signed by non other than one of the most popular Mancunians Liam Gallagher himself. This event will take place until September 23rd and then the bee’s are being auctioned off for the Lord Mayor’s ‘We Love MCR Charity’.
For shopping, of course there is the huge Arndale Shopping Center and Trafford center but from wondering around the city we found The Royal Exchange Arcade which has the cutest unique little shops, so I would defiantly recommend checking it out. Another place to find unique items is the Arndale Market. Located on the first floor inside the Arndale Center is a market that has stalls from nail bars, hairdressers, clothing and shoe repairs, gifts, textile items and household items to phone repairs and food stalls, here you are completely spoiled for choice.
On the topic of Clothing, one of my all time favorite stores is located in Manchester which is Selfridges & co. The Selfridges in Manchester has 5 floors of luxurious items from high end beauty to designer handbags and fashion. Personally my favorite floor is the top one as it includes the more affordable luxury brands including Yeezy, Fenty and many, many more. There is also a unique store called Afflecks located in Manchester’s Northern Quarter which sells the most retro and funky things, I would defiantly recommend checking it out.
The next morning, we started our day at 7:30 am in the hotel pool. Which was a very refreshing way to wake up. The Midland Hotel has the most beautiful city views from your hotel room and an amazing range of amenities. Since we were only a 15 minute walk away from the city center, we headed to Bella Italia for breakfast. A full English breakfast was only £5 and it was still up to its Bella Italia standard! Another Restaurant I would recommend eating in is the Cabana Brasilian Barbecue located in the Corn Exchange Center. As the atmosphere is amazing and makes you feel like you’re abroad.
More Cafe’s I would recommend visiting are The Dazzling Café for their individual take on extreme drinks and desserts, The Vegan Café located in Afflecks because of their hipster vibes and unique setting. I would also suggest checking out the bar upstairs in Harvey Nichols as we enjoyed some refreshing virgin cocktails up there while looking down on the beautiful sites of the city below.
Last but not least, I would recommend to anyone visiting the city to check out The John Rylands Library. It has the most detailed historic features carved into the walls and has not made any changes to make it look more modern and up to date. The library is free to visit and open 7 days a week. It was founded in 1899 but open to the public in 1900. It contains beautiful aspects of the 1900’s throughout with its large spaced- Gryffindor looking vibe, I would totally recommend you all to visit.
Thank you for reading and if you have anymore suggestions on where to visit in Manchester please leave a comment below to help more readers out.